FOSTER PROGRAM

WE DESPERATELY NEED FOSTER HOMES!

Animal Education and Rescue (AEAR) is a foster-based rescue. This means we don’t have a shelter or kennel and all of our animals stay in foster homes until they can be adopted. We are always looking for more people willing to become foster homes because for each new person able to open their home and heart to an animal, that is one more life we can save.

Fostering is a temporary commitment to care for the animal until a permanent home is found. All medical expenses are payed for by AEAR. Even food, toys, crates, litter supplies, etc. can be provided if needed.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT?

The first step is to determine if fostering is right for you.  Please watch the video below and review the Foster Care Guidelines which will answer many of your questions and help  you decide.

Next step is to fill out the Foster Questionnaire.  Your questionnaire will be reviewed by an AEAR staff member who will determine your suitability for fostering and for which type of animals. You will then be contacted and asked to fill out a Foster Application and Agreement.

You will also need to attend a New Volunteer Orientation event to learn more about the responsibilities of fostering and philosophies of the AEAR organization.  New Volunteer Orientation events are held the first week of each month.  Refer to our events calendar for exact dates.  After or prior to the meeting you will also need to fill out a Volunteer Application and Agreement.

Summary of Steps to Become a Foster Parent

APPLY TO BE A FOSTER HOME

If you are interested in fostering an animal for AEAR please complete the Fostering Questionnaire form below. Your questionnaire will then be reviewed by an AEAR staff member who will determine your suitability for fostering and for which type of animals. You will then be contacted and asked to fill out a Fostering Application.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

FOSTER QUESTIONNAIRE
FOSTER HOME APPLICATION
FOSTER CARE GUIDELINES

Why I Foster Pets

For almost two decades I’ve fostered animals.  I LOVE fostering! I do it because it brings me great satisfaction in helping homeless animals and it’s always exciting to discover who’s coming to stay for a while. But with fostering comes a price for all involved.

This is Stevie, in the photo.  He’s my cat.  He’s mine by default, having arrived as a young adult cat probably 12-15 years ago, into our care and when black cats were very un-adoptable.

This morning I’m spending some quality time with him since all orphanage furry tenants are fed and quietly resting.  Stevie has had to learn to wait to get attention because there’s always others more in need.  Stevie had to learn to accept the coming and going of the homeless pets throughout the years and he does so by-in-large gracefully.

My attitude towards my personal pets is this:  “you (meaning my personal pet) were homeless once too…as was I…and as was them, who are here now… and will be them, when new ones come to stay for a while.  We sacrifice a little because we should and we can and because it’s needed.  We welcome homeless pets and we send them off to new homes with celebration, only to welcome new ones yet again.”

But, this morning, Stevie is happy for the cuddles and I’m enjoying his purring song.  ❤️